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A must-visit for history buffs - and even more so if it's in February.

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Abbey of St. Victor

A place with a dark legend.

Named for the Catholic martyr St. Victor of Marseille, who according to legend was a Roman army officer tortured and crushed under a millstone for renouncing the gods of Rome. His purported tomb lies in a crypt in the 5th-century church here, where various other early Christian sarcophagi can be found thanks to its erection on the site of an ancient settlement from that period. And if you visit in early February, you'll be able to witness the splendid high point of the year here, with a mass procession bearing the abbey's famous Black Virgin from the Vieux Port back to its home.



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